Note Color Formatting

Hi everyone,

I’ve seen some posts on here with people wondering how they can format text and such in the Note and initial label, etc. It’s generally not doable(except ALL CAPS… and please don’t).

Here’s a pseudo solution for you. It takes latex text and colours that rather than the text itself, but it does what it says on the tin: changes the colour. These colours are also dynamically accessible through variables, as you’ll see in the Activity below.


  • This sort of textual content is generally not understood by Screen Readers, so maybe don’t use this for literal text. Good uses cases might be actual latex expressions to perhaps bring emphasis to certain elements of expressions, etc.
  • Be careful of accessibility in terms of acceptable visual contrast as outlined by WCAG
  • All this introduces the possibility of very poor design taste, so you know, watch out for uglifying your stuff!

Here you go: Note Color

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Thanks for posting this, but I don’t really understand why we can’t have basic formatting within Desmos Note components. Even the “Teacher Tip” gets formatting!

Strategies I’ve learned:

  1. 🅒🅞🅞🅛 🅕🅞🅝🅣: you can copy/paste this.
    –It uses alternate symbols to create text to stand out.
    –This can be used in Google Classroom Title/Description/Directions area.
    –This can be used in Title/Note.
    –It’s pretty much “text” it’s just “weird symbols” like “pi” or 1/2.
    –So you can probably even use it in a point label?

  2. Emojis! (Emojipedia):
    –I’ve used the colored circles to label the various graphs in the Notes area.
    :black_circle: f(x) :large_blue_circle: g(x). Compare.
    :heavy_check_mark: appears in title or note area when correct

  3. Unicode!
    –NOTE: Some work in desmos, not all!
    –On the unicode page, scroll all the way down and the 2nd column has math symbols.
    –But I felt this was along the same lines so I thought I’d share.
    –I learned that I could use this in Google Sheets:
    =CHAR(HEX2DEC(“221E”)) returns the infinity symbol
    =CHAR(HEX2DEC(“221E”)) returns the pi symbol
    –Google help sheet:

I like the interface on this one better than (the popups are annoying), although it has a lot fewer options available.

Thank you! I saved that one also!

Is there any way to remove the deprecated feature so I can take a look at the coding on the Note Color AB?

If memory serves, it’s just screen 3 that has RawExpression(deprecated) so if you copy the activity and delete that screen it should show you what you need.
That is, if you can copy the activity. Is it preventing you from doing so?

Yeah, I’m unable to even copy the activity. I only have the share option available.

Here you go: Note Color with no Deprecated Features

You can type text into Word, color it there, and then copy/paste it into a Note component. It retains the color from Word and works fine with screen readers.

To get it to work with Greek letters like ya might use in LaTeX, first insert the Greek symbol into Word, color it there, then copy/paste it into a note as a normal letter and NOT into a LaTeX-formatted function. To get it into a LaTeX formatted function, highlight it in the Note and hit the key above the Tab button on your keyboard ` …this then puts it into a LaTeX editable format.

You can also copy/paste some text from word that is colored and then copy/paste a LaTeX formula right after it and the LaTeX will pick up that color and continue it.